Imbombozi are called (non-existent children) claim to be benefiting from Social grant without children. More than 15 million social grant recipients will have to re-register for their benefits as government attempts to eliminate fraud and corruption in the system.
MORE than 15 million social grant recipients will have to re-register for their benefits as government attempts to eliminate fraud and corruption in the system.
Dlamini said the re-registration process, which is to start in April, was aimed at ensuring that government paid social grants to the "correct recipients" following repeated revelations that there were people who received grants fraudulently.
"We want to ensure that we pay the correct recipients.,
"That is why we are going to re-register everyone, even children and older persons. We are going to visit them at their homes.
"We also want to deal with what has been said, that we sometimes pay the wrong people," said Dlamini.
There are currently 15,3-million people on the state's R100-billion social grants system, which includes 10,3-million children who receive support.
Eastern Cape provincial Sassa spokesman Luzuko Qina said the re- registration was part of a long-term plan from the department to enable them to have their own database of all social grant beneficiaries.
"In the past we’ve had many paymasters, each with their own database but now we want to become our own paymasters and register our own database which will be standard across the country," said Qina.
The new database will also aid in identifying fraudulent beneficiaries.
Qina added that all re-registered beneficiaries will be issued with a new Sassa card, which will allow them to withdraw their money from anywhere.
"These cards will be like a visa and people will be able to use them anywhere, including grocery stores and ATMs," he said.
Qina said the department would do their best to ensure a smooth transmission process during the re-registration. He said beneficiaries need to go to their existing paypoints where they will give their names and have their fingerprints taken.
Dozens of people were still missing Tuesday following a strong earthquake that triggered landslides and damaged buildings and roads on a central Philippine island. The death toll reached 22, but officials said it was likely to rise further as rescuers struggle to reach remote areas.
Filipinos ran into the streets seeking higher ground after the quake. An initial tsunami warning was later canceled.
Residents run to safety after a 6.8 earthquake that hit Cebu City Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The worst-hit area appeared to be Guihulngan, a costal city of 100,000 people. Photo: Reuters
Residents stay in open areas with few belongings following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake which hit Sibulan, Negros Oriental province and other central Philippine provinces Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP / Judy Flores)
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The doctor blames his wife for his condition, saying she infected him with the virus.
The doctor, who may not be named, laid charges at Krugersdorp police station after he discovered that his wife of two years was HIV positive.
He then also tested positive for the virus.
He told the police that he only realised the danger recently when the wife's 10-year-old child tested positive.
"For the past two years we have been together, she always insisted that she was HIV negative and that I need not worry," said the doctor.
He said that in May this year his stepchild collapsed at school and he took the child to a doctor, who referred them to a public hospital for a thorough check-up.
"The doctors at the hospital asked my wife if the child was HIV positive and she said no.
"The child was then discharged and we were told to come back in two days. But the child collapsed again, prompting doctors to undertake tests, including HIV tests," he said.
The doctor said he was shocked when the results came back positive and his wife allegedly confessed that she knew all along that she was positive.
"I feel ashamed that as a doctor I should contract the ailment in this way because I am expected to be an example to others," the doctor said.
He said his wife and the child had since gone back to her parents' home.
"We are no longer on speaking terms and I don't think I will ever forgive her for giving me Aids," he said.
Warrant Officer Solomon Sibiya confirmed a case of attempted murder had been opened and that authorities were still deciding whether or not to charge the wife.
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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma says he will testify at the inquiry into the multi-billion rand arms deal if asked to do so.
"Of course, anybody called will have to go to the commission to testify whatever you know and whatever you don't know," Zuma said at a question and answer breakfast hosted by The New Age newspaper in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Zuma said many people had the impression that "you know a lot when you know nothing".
In September, Zuma announced a commission of inquiry into the arms deal.
Zuma himself was once charged with corruption after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik, who had a tender to supply part of the arms requirements, was found to have facilitated a bribe for Zuma from a French arms company which was part of the deal.
Shaik is on medical parole after being sentenced to jail for 15 years.
The charges against Zuma were withdrawn shortly before he became president due to alleged interference in the investigation.
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